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Thanks for Coming to Karaoke!

Before I start this post - thanks so much to people who came to Karaoke. It was mostly people I already knew, but one reader, Curtis, came. I thought it was totally awesome that he read about Karaoke here and decided to go. Even better, he nailed Guns 'N Roses' Welcome to the Jungle. Also in attendance were my brother and his friends, Steve, Anissa, and Dan from work, and Todd and Doug who helped me run the show.

I had no idea what I was getting into. Things like "hey, I should probably have music for when no one is karaokeing" never even occurred to me. All I had was the leaked copy of Jay-Z's Kingdom Come, so I kept playing that. There was silence, there was no crossfading. That part of the show was a disaster. I also had no idea how to hook stuff up to their system, so the first hour was spent doing that. I felt really bad for people who came during that part.

Finally things got rolling, although I think only 4 people I didn't know sang songs. It wasn't too busy because the weather was cold.

A Beginning

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I am a person. A writer. An MC. I choose to create habits in my life that establish who I am. Character. To be a writer, all that is needed is a platform. I have written in notebooks and novels, facebook and wordpad. I have scribbled on receipts and marked my skin with thoughts. I have created passionately and at times with as much enthusiasm as a wet slug. Sometimes I let myself get in the way, other times I fly down the highway. Right now I'm falling into the words like a springtime seedpod spinning to new soil.

Continuing on my journey, I've let go of vices that no longer teach. I move forward into the unknown territory of creation. There is no way to know what comes next. Reading the future is a practice of the void-bringers. We live now.

But I can set goals for myself. Without ceasing to be present I reach into the future by crafting a vision.

This summer I am going to spend an hour each morning in exercise and mediation. If I choose, this could be my morning routine: Wake up at six and write my dreams down before meditating for twenty minutes. From meditation flow into yoga and stretching. After adequately stretching for 10 minutes, workout for 30. Following this I'd eat breakfast with Noah, Annika, and Dad, and then sit down on my own and write. Write for an hour. Music, blog posts, journal entries. It doesn't matter what I write, but how long I make an effort. It's the work that matters. Get into that flow of writing each morning after meditation and exercise.Imagine and focus on the benefits this will bring into your life. You will be forging your own path in the direction you wish to move in. That is the potential of this moment. I am a writer. I am at peace.After writing for an hour or more, I see myself working with the family on whatever projects they have on the farm. I'll eat lunch with the family, the afternoon and evening will be dedicated to my family. Around ten, I'd like to begin my practice of freestyling and improvising stories and beats. This hour will be dedicated to practicing new and difficult freestyle and beatboxing techniques. I hope to record these sessions on my voice recorder.

My two goals/focuses while in Sweden:

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